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How Freedom Dies

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 25, 2014 12:49 PM
There's a natural conflict between private property rights, religious freedom, free speech, and civil rights (especially regarding free access to public accomodations on private property). I come down on the side of property rights as paramount, but I understand the contrary arguments. As always, the most devout zealots and crusaders are never satisfied. The vast majority of gays likely couldn't care less if you don't want to bake them a cake. Just like the vast majority of bakers couldn't care less about your sexual preferences (gays carry U.S. currency, right?). But the demagogues and busy-bodies from all sides will always do what they do. There's no stopping them, or shutting them up, short of a bullet or a labotomy - both of which are sadly illegal.
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Ukraine's Crisis, Not Ours

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 12:43 PM
Every day, our political leaders and their cronies demonstrate their buffoonery. They speak and act as if they have all the answers to every problem, then immediately proceed to demonstrate the exact opposite. They know nothing, and worse - refuse to learn from mistakes. And trust in government institutions continues to erode, day-by-passing-day. If the liberty movement succeeds, we will have the last two administrations, and their legislative counterparts to thank.
They'll simply keep pushing for new votes every few years until they get the outcome they want. Once that occurs - no more voting.
The GOP controlled congress and the white house for six years. We all know what they did: Grew spending, grew the debt, created a new entitlement program, and created a huge new bureaucracy. They talk a good game, but they never deliver. Ever. Then, after the dems got spanked in 2010 for ramming Obamacare down our throats, what's the first act of the House after the GOP regained control? Boehner is selected as Speaker. Business as usual. Libertarianism is the only hope for America's government, long term. You must restrict politicians power, or you get what we have - a hopelessly corrupt system, and a heavily indebted nation. It's inevitable (see Public Choice theory). When things get bad enough, the people will demand libertarian-style reforms, hopefully. There are no better options.
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Did I Move?

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 7:29 PM
I agree. Which is why I despise the left.
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Did I Move?

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 7:26 PM
A reasonable argument. There's nothing wrong with pointing out potential drains on the criminal justice system, and welfare programs. My only counter is to contend that the rule of law argument is the most persuasive case to be made to the average American (non-political types, especially). The idea that our government wants to reward law-breakers, while there are millions languishing in the INS system, trying to immigrate lawfully, is the most powerful argument against amnesty.
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Did I Move?

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 13, 2014 3:16 PM
If your argument against immigration reform is based on political party affiliation patterns, or claims of inherent genetic inferiority, you're not only going to lose the argument, but you're going to look like a jerk in the process. The winning argument is based on the rule of law. Amnesty for the sake of political expediency is just another reason for all Americans to respect our government less - and that's bad for everybody. And it doesn't hurt to throw in a few points about welfare reform. If illegals weren't getting handouts via the tax code (EITC) and food stamps, there would be less reason to care about their presence.
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Dictators and Deans

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 10, 2014 4:13 PM
I don't always agree with Mike's positions, but I deeply admire his courage, and his passion for holding the blithering hypocrites on the left to account for their lies and unscrupulous and childish attempts to squelch dissent. He rubs their noses in their hypocrisies, and thrives off their hatred.
Virtually every move our government makes is at best hypocritical, and usually works against our best long-term insterests. Our nation would be so much better off if the politicians had done -- and said -- far less on the world's stage over the past half-century. But they can't help themselves. They're all in love with the sounds of their own voices. And they never allow being absolutely wrong about everything to stop them from intervening further.
You sure place a lot of stock in tests. I don't. And I happen to be very good at taking tests of all kinds. I'm 53, and I've lived all over the world -- including Africa -- and worked with many different types of people from many different cultures. I've also had occasion to speak at length with over 1500 college professors. And if there's one thing I know for sure, it's that someone's race has nothing to do with their inherent capabilities to excel in any type of human endeavor - including academics. Cultures have evolved differently, responding to different types of external environments. But the entire construct of race is based on some dubious science. Humans have been migrating and breeding between tribes (even with Neanderthahls) since humans have existed. Evaluating people based on their race is ridiculous. You should know better.
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